There were no end of big news stories last week so lets take a moment to look back over some of the most important from the last seven days.
Billions of people around the world celebrated the New Year last week as a turmoil laden 2015 came to an end and events were held to mark the start of 2016. In Europe events were held under tight security following the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, with some being canceled and others scaled down. In Germany a tip off from the intelligence services forced the local police to close off the city’s main railways stations on New Year’s Eve, but thankfully no terrorist attack took place.
The international community expressed widespread dismay with the Saudi Arabian decision to execute outspoken Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr last week. Executed along with 46 others convicted of terror-related offenses or political activism, al-Nimr had long been a critic of the ruling Sunni elite and there was swift hostile reaction to his death with the Saudi embassy in Tehran set ablaze during a demonstration and experts predicted further significant Shia unrest across the region.
Last week saw another deadly gun attack in Israel with a gunman opening fire on a busy bar in Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, killing two and wounding another seven, four of them seriously. Following a tip off from his father 29 year old Arab-Israeli Nashat Milhem was identified by authorities and a massive manhunt was launched. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the scene of the attack and said his government would “bolster law enforcement efforts” in the coming days.
In sport Sunderland took a turn beating this season’s whipping boys Aston Villa in a 3-1 battle between the two sides who both languish in the relegation zone of the English Premier League. With two from Defoe and one from van Aanholt the Black Cat’s win was comfortable but Gil did get one back for the Villa, the question is can either team escape a descent to the Championship? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at the big stories we covered last week.
1. An Oklahoma tribe online casino was in the works after the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma received permission from the government to launch and operate an international website.
2. Phil Taylor was eliminated at the William Hill World Darts Championship on Day 12.
3. Gambling Results’ made a short guide for La Liga Betting.
4. Gambling Results made a plan for the Premier League Games from the First Weekend of 2016. Take a look at the odds.
5. Cesc Fabregas’ transfer is nothing but a rumour and Guus Hiddink says all we hear is a bunch of lies.
6. Pep Guardiola faith was brought to our attention; he’s out of Bayern’s hair but what will happen of him?
7. László Horváth, a 15-year-old hockey player sang the national anthem for Hungary after the sound system was broke.
Meanwhile the planet got a timely message from the animal kingdom concerning conservation last week as Koko the Gorilla, who has been learning sign language for 43 years and is said to be able to understand over 1,000 different words released a video in which she said “I am gorilla. I am flowers, animals. I am nature. Koko love man. Earth Koko love. But man stupid… stupid! Koko sorry, Koko cry. Time hurry. Fix Earth! Help Earth! Hurry! Protect Earth. Nature watches you. Thank you.”
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, came to a climax last week with a pact reached by the 200 attending nations to come into effect in 2020 that seeks to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees before the end of the century. Despite not being as legally binding as some would have wished the first agreement of its sort in history has been greeted with enthusiasm by many world leaders including Barack Obama who called it “the best chance to save the one planet we have.”
Donald Trump, still leading the polls in the race to be the Republican nomination in the US Presidential race in 2016, earned the ire of all quarters last week by calling for a ban on all entrance to the United States for Muslims. Instantly condemned by both his opponents and fellow Republicans alike Hillary Clinton called it “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive” whilst rival for the nomination Jeb Bush called Mr. Trump’s position “unhinged”.
Saudi Arabia finally allowed women to vote in elections last week holding the first to be open to both female voters and candidates. Despite being unable to meet male voters during their campaigns, the segregation of polling stations and numerous bureaucratic obstacles 900 women stood for election although few are expected to gain office with only 10% of votes cast by women. However Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected in Madrakah to the Mecca municipal council.
In sport Conor McGregor took just 13 seconds to knock out opponent Jose Aldo to take the featherweight title in Las Vegas at UFC 194. “Precision beats power, timing beats speed.” Said McGregor after the bout that ending Aldo’s 18 fight unbeaten run, will Conor be able to match it? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime lets take a moment to glance back over some of the big news stories we covered over the last seven days.
Meanwhile police are investigating the source of 100,000 Euro that was discovered floating down the Danube in Vienna last week. A boy found the money and retrieved the mainly 100 and 500 Euro denominations from the water, and with Austrian law allowing him to keep 10% immediately and claim the full amount after a year if the rightful owner does not come forward he’s a lucky chap. Whilst the money’s origin is not yet known police have ruled out money laundering.
1. Ronda Rousey took her first interview since her knockout loss, in which she described her long road to recovery and her desire for a Holly Holm rematch.
2. Oscar Espinosa’s patertinty claim was verified by DNA test results, now Ruben Vazquez’s case is to be settled.
3. Arnold Peralta was shot dead in his hometown while on holiday before international football match vs Cuba.
4. The draw for the round of 16 in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League competition was made in Nyon.
5. Arguably the hottest fixture at the Euro 2016 group stages will be England entertaining Wales in group B.